Columbia College students are adding to community efforts to combat homelessness.
For several hours Friday afternoon, students collected lightly used clothing, toiletries and other items for homeless students in Richland 1 as part of Project Give, a collaborative effort of the Hickory Ridge Neighborhood Association and Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The Columbia College group also prepared sandwiches to deliver to the area’s homeless.
Friday’s day of service was part of the college’s Koala Days on the Green, which seeks to build more community on campus.
The homeless outreach was coordinated by Sarah Gay of AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed to fight poverty. Gay spoke Friday about the outreach and ongoing efforts to address homelessness in the community.